Keeping yourself healthy- cold and flu free during winter months is the toughest challenge of all. To make it through this cold season, it is time to check your winter superfoods intake. Below are some foods that will assist with your overall health. Try adding these foods to boost your vitamins and minerals intake.
4 Winter Superfoods
1. Natural yoghurt
Natural plain yoghurt contains probiotics, the friendly bacteria that are essential for good gut health (growth of good bacteria). Probiotics boost immunity by protecting against viruses that enter via the digestive tract. Other foods which also contain probiotics include fermented miso, tempeh, kefir, kombucha drink.
One large egg provides 75 calories which provides an excellent source of protein, B vitamins, vitamins A, D and zinc. Protein is essential in supporting a healthy immune system. The body used protein as fuel to make antibodies that attack viruses/bacteria and prevent infection.
Ginger is a good source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese. It is known to help fight inflammation and bad bacterial growth as well. A slice of ginger can be added to hot water/tea with lemon/orange juice to fight cold, cough/sore
Beetroot is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants which protect the immune system by fighting off destructive free radicals, molecules which harm healthy cells and their DNA. This bright, sweet root vegetable can be eaten raw, baked, steamed or pickled.
Tip: don’t discard the green leafy tops. They are high in nutrient value providing
vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium and iron.